A request made by Interior Minister Sar Kheng to consider the banning of guns and explosives at schools was well received by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday during a Council of Ministers meeting.
The issue was initially raised by Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron, prompting Mr Kheng to note that drugs and weapons are still a problem in schools in the Kingdom.
“It will hurt the country’s development in the future if youths are using drugs,” Mr Kheng said. “Concerning security in schools, we should be more cautious since we have seen people – mainly in the United States – carry out school shootings.”
Mr Kheng said the gun problem in the US should serve as a warning to the Kingdom, adding that the government should introduce regulations to prevent school shootings.
“In the past, children whose fathers were officials brought guns to schools in Phnom Penh,” he said. “So preventive regulations must be introduced. Safety must be ensured so children can study well.”
Mr Hun Sen agreed and supported the request.
“I support Sar Kheng’s suggestion of banning guns and explosives in schools,” he said.
San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in Cambodia, yesterday said some children of high-ranking officials bring guns to school to show off to their peers.
“I have noted that some children of high ranking officials, such as the sons of police and military officials, have brought guns to school to show off their power,” Mr Chey said. “I have also noted that there has been a huge reduction in these cases in high schools. I have more concern over guns in universities because sometimes they pretend to drop their guns on the floor.”